Museum event raises awareness on lead poisoning in bald eagles

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LE MARS, Iowa (KCAU) – The bald eagle may not be on the endangered list anymore, but it’s not out of the woods just yet.

At the Plymouth County Museum in Le Mars, a large crowd gathered for a presentation about bald eagles, even getting the chance to see one in person.

Guest speaker Kay Newman, the executive director of Saving Our Avian Resources, or “S.O.A.R.” for short, said her main message was about lead poisoning cases in bald eagles.

“The reason that eagles get lead poisoned is from scavenging animals that have been shot with lead ammunition,” Newman said. “The big goal for S.O.A.R with this eagle research is to get hunters to switch, and to use copper slugs, copper rifle bullets, non-toxic shot, [and] use ammunition that is not made out of lead for all of their hunting.”

S.O.A.R. has taken in 20 injured eagles since the beginning of the year, with half of them suffering from lead poisoning.

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